Chelsea have earned themselves a commanding advantage, heading into the second leg of the quarterfinals in the Champions League.
Chelsea secured a 2-0 victory over FC Porto in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. This means that Blues are just 90 minutes away from reaching the UCL semifinals, for the first time since the 2013/14 season.
Mason Mount opened the scoring for the visitors in the 32nd minute after he found the back of the net from a tight angle. The Portuguese side had done a commendable job, keeping the Chelsea attackers at bay for the opening 30 minutes, but it was an error by Jesus Manuel Corona that contributed to the first goal.
Ben Chilwell piled on the misery for the hosts, as he rounded the goalkeeper and put the ball in an empty net in the 85th minute. This victory was a huge confidence booster for Chelsea, as they faced their first defeat under Thomas Tuchel over the weekend. The Blues were hammered by West Brom by a scoreline of 5-2 at Stamford Bridge.
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MASON MOUNT CONTINUES TO BE CHELSEA’S MATCH-WINNER
There were doubts cast over Mason Mount’s future at the club after Frank Lampard was sacked as the manager in January. With the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic at the club, it was uncertain as to whether Thomas Tuchel would stick with Mason Mount. However, the Englishman has proved his doubters wrong as he scored his eighth goal of the season against Porto on Wednesday.
The 22-year old has established himself as a proven match-winner for the Blues. He came off the bench over the weekend and scored Chelsea’s second goal against the Baggies. It was the youngster’s strike against Liverpool last month, that helped the London side claim a narrow victory at Anfield. Mount has registered eight goals so far this season, alongside six assists which have all come at a crucial time for his side.